Identical twins Nikki and Maya have been on the same page for everything—friends, school, boys and starting off their adult lives at a historically African-American college. But as their neighborhood goes from rough-and-tumble to up-and-coming, suddenly filled with pretty coffee shops and boutiques, Nikki is thrilled while Maya feels like their home is slipping away. Suddenly, the sisters who had always shared everything must confront their dissenting feelings on the importance of their ethnic and cultural identities and, in the process, learn to separate themselves from the long shadow of their identity as twins.
In her inspired YA debut, Renée Watson explores the experience of young African-American women navigating the traditions and expectations of their culture.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 3rd 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is February 3rd 2015.
The synopsis provided for this story pretty much captures the essence of this story (too funny that one of the characters names is Essence!). This story is about two sisters who are experiencing changes in their environment and how they deal with it differently. It addresses the need to stay true to their ethnic and cultural identities while learning how change impacts them and who they are.
Ultimately it is a story of acceptance without compromising your identity and values. Written in an easy to read style this results in a pretty quick read. This would be an ideal read for those who enjoy the YA genre but are not really looking for the sappy romance. It addresses some real cultural situations (although somewhat glossed over) and is more a coming of age type of drama.
Overall an easy and enjoyable read.
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